Dick Beatty was a former partner and senior counsel of the Washington, D.C., law firm Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge from 1984 to 2000. He was the Managing Partner of the D.C. office of the Georgia law firm, Alston & Bird and Associate Chief Counsel to the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency. His practice was concentrated in corporate, financial and nonprofit organization matters. Beatty has served as a director of The Washington Corporation and the Women's National Bank and is currently an advisory director of Fort Sill National Bank.
Beatty has served in many capacities with nonprofit organizations, including his current role as an Emeritus Member of SeaWeb’s Board of Directors and his work to help finance the construction of an Episcopal Boy's School in Washington, D.C. He has also served as President of the House of Mercy, Director of the Episcopal Church Foundation, a trustee of Mount Vernon College, Chairman of the Development Council of Williams College, Senior Warden of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Chairman of St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, General Counsel of Episcopal Senior Ministries, and a trustee of the Key School in Annapolis, Maryland.
Nicholas Haffenreffer is a principal at Torray LCC, an investment firm in the Washington, D.C., area. He has more than a dozen years of experience as a portfolio manager and securities analyst. Prior to his position at Torray, Haffenreffer founded and served as President of Resolute Capital Management, was a principal and director of research of the Washington, D.C., investment firm Farr, Miller & Washington, and was an equity analyst with T. Rowe Price, where he worked on the $3 billion Growth Stock Fund. He was also an equity analyst and Director of Institutional Services for Select Equity Group, Inc., in New York City. Haffenreffer is a member of the Washington Association of Money Managers and Washington Society of Investment Analysts, and also chairs the Finance Committee of the House of Mercy, a charity that oversees a Head Start and Early Head Start program in Washington, D.C.
Haffenreffer serves as the Treasurer of SeaWeb’s Board of Directors and chair of its Finance Committee. Having grown up on the coast of Maine, where he continues to spend his summers, Haffenreffer has a keen interest in the ocean and enjoys activities such as sailing, fishing and running.
Dawn M. Martin
Dawn M. Martin joined SeaWeb in 2004, first as its Executive Director and then was appointed the organization's President and Chair of the Board. For more than 25 years, Martin has utilized creative communication strategies to advance policy and conservation goals. Previously she has served as Chief Operating Officer for Oceana, Associate Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Political Director for American Oceans Campaign.
Martin brings a multidisciplinary approach that builds on her organizational management experience and skills as an attorney, strategic policy professional and communications specialist. She serves as a principal for the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), on the advisory board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, as a member of the Ocean Portal Editorial Board for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and a founding member of the steering committee for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands. Martin sits on the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Board as a trustee, its Vice-Chair and Treasurer.
Martin has a degree in Political Science and received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and studied international human rights and humanitarian law at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
John Ogden is an emeritus professor of integrative biology and an an adjunct professor at the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. Prior to this, as Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida, Ogden oversaw operations of two oceanographic research ships and a marine laboratory and coordinates inter-institutional ocean research. He also previously served as Director of the West Indies Laboratory of Fairleigh Dickinson University in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands and operated the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration saturation diving facility Hydrolab.
Ogden has published more than 100 scientific papers, contributed to numerous books and produced several television films on tropical ecosystems. As a friend of SeaWeb since its inception, Ogden has served as an important voice from the scientific community in a number of its media outreach efforts. Currently, he serves on the NOAA Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee, the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council and is involved in policy and research directed at the conservation of tropical and sub-tropical biodiversity with NOAA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of State, The World Bank, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and numerous private foundations. Ogden is a graduate of Princeton University, has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Nora Pouillon is a pioneer and champion of organic, environmentally conscious cuisine who promotes and embodies healthy, sustainable living. Born in Austria, her inspiration in the kitchen comes from her parents who understood the value of simply prepared seasonal foods. In 1979, Chef Pouillon opened Restaurant Nora, in Washington, D.C., which in 1999 became the first certified organic restaurant in the United States and was instrumental in creating organic certification standards for restaurants.
She is the author of “Cooking with Nora,” a seasonal menu cookbook that was a finalist for the Julia Child Cookbook Award. As a leading spokesperson from the culinary industry, she worked with SeaWeb and the Natural Resources Defense Council to launch the Give Swordfish A Break media campaign in 1998. This first large-scale effort to mobilize chefs and consumers in support of fisheries conservation, also won the support of hotels, cruise lines, grocery stores, and airlines to stop serving North Atlantic swordfish. Pouillon’s recognition includes awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, Santé, the Organic Trade Association, New Hope Natural Media, the American Horticultural Society, the Campaign for Better Health and others. Pouillon co-founded Changing Seas, a sustainable aquaculture business.
Alan Jones is the Managing Director and co-owner of STURGEON, SCEA, a caviar company based in southwestern France that he established in 1995. Prior to the inception of STURGEON, SCEA, he was General Manager of Stolt Sea Farm, S.A. At Stolt, Jones oversaw the company's turbot farming in France, Spain and Portugal and its sea bass and sea bream farming in Greece.
From 1982 to 1986, he served as a board member of the World Aquaculture Society and was a founding member and President of the European Aquaculture Society from 1984 to 1986. Jones has more than 30 years of experience in the aquaculture industry, including being the pioneer of turbot farming, and he is the author of more than 40 scientific papers and publications on aquaculture. As a sustainable caviar farmer, Jones was an active partner of SeaWeb for years prior to his joining its Board of Directors. He served as an effective spokesperson from the aquaculture industry for the Caviar Emptor and L’Autre Caviar media campaigns. Both efforts were aimed at raising awareness of the threats to the endangered Caspian Sea sturgeon and were successful in achieving stronger trade controls on wild Caspian caviar, culminating in a ban on global trade of all wild caviar.
Callum Roberts is a marine conservation biologist, oceanographer, renowned author, research scholar and professor in the Environment Department of the University of York, United Kingdom. His work is dedicated to examining the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems, particularly on coral reefs. He is currently focused on gaining acceptance of marine reserves and is working with fishers to promote the concept more broadly.
Roberts is the author of numerous scientific papers, articles and books, including his highly acclaimed book "The Unnatural History of the Sea." He has served on a U.S. National Research Council Committee on Marine Protected Areas and has also been a member of the Marine Reserves Working Group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in California. He is an active contributor to the Coral Reef Fish Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
Roberts has collaborated with SeaWeb on a number of projects and has served as an effective spokesperson for the marine scientific community with both policymakers and the media. He was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation in 2000 to tackle obstacles to implementing marine reserves, and in 2001 he was awarded a Hardy Fellowship in Conservation Biology at Harvard University. Roberts graduated from the University of York with a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in biology in 1983 and a Ph.D. in biology in 1986.